Dennis Tessier, ARTI Energy Program Director, attended the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves (GACC) “East Africa Stakeholder Consultation and Strategic Planning Workshop held in Nairobi from the 23rd to the 25th of April. The meeting brought together a wide range of stakeholders from the cook stove and clean fuels sector, including cook stove manufacturers, clean fuel developers, carbon experts, donors, development agencies and other market facilitators.
The aim of workshop was to tap into the vast expertise existing in East Africa and to coordinate efforts so that a regional strategy can be developed and implemented.
ARTI took the opportunity to share the organizations experiences over the past 5 years, most particularly with its efforts to promote charcoal briquetting technology using agricultural waste and other dry biomass in Tanzania. ARTI particularity emphasized the importance of alternative fuels in the equation when discussing cook stoves using the progress made through the World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA) as an example of efforts already being made on the ground. ARTI has been implementing the “Production of Charcoal Briquettes Project” with World Bank, BEIA, support since 2010.
In the meeting alternative fuels proved to be an important factor and was included in Tanzania’s top 5 of National Priorities and within the top 10 of regional priorities. This is echoed in the draft road map of GACC, with a major point for enabling being “Fuels and Technology”, stating to “ensure access to clean, efficient and appropriate cooking technologies and fuels at scale and again in the text to “Champion the Sector” stating to “ensure clean cook stoves and fuels become a government priority in policy, programming and resources, and are connected and integrated into other large-scale government programs and initiatives.”
The meeting is the third meeting ARTI has attended over the past year in what is hopefully a build up towards a coordinated effort of stakeholders supporting the sustainable development of the biomass energy industry in East Africa. ARTI also attended the World Bank’s “African Clean Cooking Initiative (ACCI) workshop in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011 and the African Energy Ministers Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011.
ARTI Energy is featured in the GACC workshop binder for future reference of participants.